Nandvanshi is a term designating the descendants of Nanda (also known as Nandagopa). According to the Harivamsha and the Puranas, Nanda was the head of the Gopas, a tribe of cowherds referred as Holy Gwals. Vasudeva took his new-born son Krishna to Nanda on the night of the child's birth so that Nanda could raise him.
In Rajasthan they are found in Jaipur. Nandvanshi Ahirs are also found in Khandwa and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, Aurangabad, Akola, Amravati, Bid, Chandrapur, Jalna, Pune, Nagpur, Nanded, Thane, Wardha and Washim in Maharashtra and Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh.
Nandvanshi and Yaduvanshi titles have fundamentally the same meaning, as the sources suggest that Vasudeva, the Yadu King and Nanda, the professed ancestor of Nandvanshi Ahirs were kinsmen or brothers and thus both belonged to a common ancestry and Nanda having no issue had been succeeded only by Lord Krishna, an Yadu Prince.
One section of scholars, including K.M. Munshi, is of the openion that the Gurjars are the original inhabitants of India and are descended from Yadavas or Ahirs. A clan of Gurjars even call itself Nandvanshi.
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